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LOS ANGELES - There are now 11 finalists remaining on "American Idol."

Jorge Nunez, a 20-year-old college student from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Jasmine Murray, a 16-year-old high school student from Starkville, Miss., were the first two finalists eliminated Wednesday from the popular Fox singing competition.

Wednesday's episode began with the announcement of a new twist in the show: The judges will have a one-time-only opportunity to save a contestant from being eliminated until the top five finalists are selected. If the panel unanimously agrees, no singers will be eliminated that week, but two contestants will be sent packing the next week.

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